Peter Donnelly, Editor

In the run up to the Student Union Elections, taking place from Monday 1st March 2021, The Gown is featuring candidates who are running for student office in the Queen’s University Student Union Elections, for the next 2021-2022 academic year.

As The Gown Editor, I am pleased to introduce Laurie Reavy to this QUB SU Elections 2021 series of features. Laurie is running for VP for Equality and Diversity. She hopes to bring international students into the fold, believing that they have been sidelined over the past year at a critical moment during the Coronavirus pandemic.

My name is Laurie I am currently in final year English with Creative Writing.

I am running for VP for Equality and Diversity in the upcoming Student Union elections.

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This role covers ten underrepresented groups at QUB, so I have everyone in my sights as far as action and support, should I be elected into the role.

My main manifesto points are those which need immediate action:

  • Student safety on campus and in accommodations
  • Refund 20/21 accommodation fees for all international students
  • Better mental health support
  • Cancel all student tuition fees as a barrier to education

Whilst these are my main focus points, this list is not exhaustive, and I will be available to help all those who fall under the category of Equality and Diversity.

I’d really like to bring international students to the forefront of the QUB eyeline. They have truly been forgotten over the past year. That includes refunds, financial support and better academic support.

I want to delve into student safety and protocols for reporting, especially for sexual harassment and racism complaints. 

And of course the mental health of students from the underrepresented groups is hugely important as well as all student mental health.  I will be fighting the university to take this seriously! 

If you have any questions or issues you would like me to raise just drop me an email on lreavy01@qub.ac.uk and I will get back to you.

Thank you, please vote Laurie for Equality and Diversity in the SU21 elections form the 1st to the 4th March.

The Gown invites all candidates standing for election this year to contact us in order to be given a platform to unveil their campaign objectives and pledges. Given the current public health circumstances, in which we all find ourselves, it is these times that homegrown, student-led societies, such as The Gown, are an invaluable tool for spreading the student voice.

A full list of candidates are available on the Queen’s University Student Union website, here.

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The Gown has provided respected, quality and independent student journalism from Queen's University, Belfast since its 1955 foundation, by Dr. Richard Herman. Having had an illustrious line of journalists and writers for almost 70 years, that proud history is extremely important to us. The Gown is consistent in its quest to seek and develop the talents of aspiring student writers.

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